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the now former cia director david patraeus and also one of the nation's top generals. >>> the president will have to do something of a juggling act when he scares off. for starters his high profile cia director is gone because of a sex scandal. and john allen is under investigation for e-mails he sent to a patraeus family friend. he got backing from his immediate boss. >> no one should leap to conclusions. general allen is doing an excellent job in leading those forces. he certainly has my continued confidence. >> one prominent conservative is questioning the conduct of the fbi in both cases. >> let me begin with general allen who is smeared by an investigation who got out of control. no reason to believe he did anything inappropriate. >> and some who see this as a distraction. an investigation into what happened in libya back in september. the new acting director of the cia briefed some law makers yesterday. and while the president did face occasional questions about it on the campaign trail, he may be pressed to further splaen exactly what his administration new. and that approaching
. >>> our big story, three days after e-cia director david petraeus resigned following his admitted affair with his buying on ferreira, more questions arrived. >> congress is demanding answers wondering why they weren't told sooner. melanie alnwick has the latest on this story. >> reporter: tuesday, while all of america was focused on the election, behind the scenes, cia director david petraeus is being advised to resign as his affair was about to become very public and now members of congress are asking questions about the timing. david petraeus and paula broadwell first met in the spring of 2006. four years later, a dissertation written by broadwell about the four-star general developed into something much more. >> i had been working on this project as my dissertation and when he went to afghanistan in the summer of 2010, i decided it turn it into a book. i shot him an e-mail and said i'm going to go for it. i showed up in afghanistan. >> reporter: the fbi discovered at fair between petraeus and broadwell while the agency was investigating harassing e-mails allegedly sent by broadwell to
to the cia. throughout the course of the news conference today, the president discussed several issues that are going on in the nearly week now snce the election as we told you. the president said that he did not believe the sex scandal, which forced the resignation of cia director david petraeus and ensnared afghanistan commander general john allen has threatened national security in the president's words, he said he is reserving judgement for now over whetr the fbi should have revealed the investigation leading into petraeuss resignation before last week's election. >> i have no evident at this point, from what i have seen, that classified information was disclosed, that in any way would have had a negative impact on our national security. obviously, there is an ongoing investigation. i don't want to comment on the specifics of the investigation. the fbi has its own protocols in terms of how they proceed. >> reporter: well, the other big question -- . >> well, the other big question, fitz is the fiscal cliff. sequestration begins at the end of the year. what is the president's approa
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